Essential things everyone should know about email

  1. Anyone can send Email to anyone pretending to be from anyone else.
  2. Email is not guaranteed to arrive quickly or at all.
  3. Your Emails can be read by other people.
  4. Email wasn't designed to handle large files.
  5. Any Email that asks you to forward it on to other people is a chain letter, and should be deleted.
  6. You can't trust any Email from anyone.
  7. If you put your Email address on the public internet even once, you will forever get spam.
  8. Never reply to junk mail or scams.
  9. Emails do not convey emotion and can easily be misunderstood.

Source: http://bla.st/site/blog/34/

I'd like to add a few more:

  1. Once you click 'send', there's no 'undo'.
  2. There's no way of knowing if and when the recipient has read your Email.
  3. The danger with composing HTML Email is that it may not look the same on the recipient's end.
Comments:

The 2 point is wrong, you can know if & when the recipient has read your Email by sending the mail with "Return Reciept" option enables, the option is available in Thunderbird & other desktop mail clients.

Posted by Amit on November 27, 2007 at 07:36 AM PST #

@Amit I'm afraid this is a common mis-perception. "Return Receipt" only gives people a false sense of assurance. Here's an article that goes into more detail: http://www.entourage.mvps.org/faq_topic/return_receipt.html

Posted by Robert Chien on November 27, 2007 at 08:11 AM PST #

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